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Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature (Paperback)
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Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature (Paperback)

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Ends of Assimilation compares sociological and Chicano/a (Mexican American) literary representations of assimilation. It argues that while Chicano/a literary works engage assimilation in complex, often contradictory ways, they manifest an underlying conviction in literature's productive power. At the same time, Chicano/a literature demonstrates assimilation sociology's inattention to its status as a representational discourse. As twentieth-century sociologists employ the term, assimilation reinscribes as fact the fiction of a unitary national culture, ignores the interlinking of race and gender in cultural formation, and valorizes upward economic mobility as a politically neutral index of success. The study unfolds chronologically, describing how the historical formation of Chicano/a literature confronts the specter of assimilation discourse. It tracks how the figurative, rhetorical, and lyrical power of Chicano/a literary works compels us to compare literary discourse with the self-authorizing empiricism of assimilation sociology. It also challenges presumptions of authenticity on the part of Chicano/a cultural nationalist works, arguing that Chicano/a literature must reckon with cultural dynamism and develop models of relational authenticity to counter essentialist discourses. The book advances these arguments through sustained close readings of canonical and noncanonical figures and gives an account of various moments in the history and institutional development of Chicano/a literature, such as the rise and fall of Quinto Sol Publications, asserting that Chicano/a writers, editors, and publishers have self-consciously sought to acquire and redistribute literary cultural capital.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190210120
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 231 x 160 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Well written and exquisitely researched ... Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature is a timely, original, and provocative study. While mainly addressing longterm issues in Chicano studies, Cutlers findings have deep implications for other fields in Latino studies. * Jose Aranda, ALH Online Review *
Elegantly lucid, Ends of Assimilation traces the complex institutional dynamics of Chicana/o literature as it emerges in critical dialog with assimilation sociology. In writing the first systematic analysis of this relationship, Cutler has crafted an invaluable guide for understanding the origins and future directions of Latina/o literary scholarship. * John Moran Gonzalez, author of Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican American Literature *
Bringing together literary works and theories of assimilation, Ends of Assimilation sharpens our understanding of the ways in which Chicano writers have engaged and challenged ideas about assimilation in the United States. Cutler deftly draws attention to assimilation discourse as both an ideology and cultural artifact in this original and timely study. * Catherine S. Ramirez, author of The Woman in the Zoot Suit: Gender, Nationalism, and the Cultural Politics of Memory *
In Ends of Assimilation, John Alba Cutler compellingly rethinks the history of Chicana/o literature by bringing it into conversation with assimilation sociology, a heretofore neglected critical task. Every chapter is filled with deft, nuanced interpretations that made me rethink what I know about the classics of Chicana/o literature as well as more contemporary works. In just one monograph, Cutler has reshaped the history of Chicana/o literature. A must read! * Ralph Rodriguez, author of Brown Gumshoes: Detective Fiction and the Search for Chicana/o Identity *

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